I just cant do it anymore, too many bad games, too many bad teams, and too many bad performances from quote/unquote superstars have caused me to virtually lose all interest in the NBA playoffs. And the sad thing is that I signed up to be an NBA playoff fan for my entire life years ago. I've never needed to be sold on it, it was always a given. The idea of 40 games in 40 nights made me foam at the mouth. But now the actual playoffs are a side note to my evenings. My top 5 list of entertaining things from the NBA last night included 1) Where the Pacers would draft 2) How the rest of the lottery panned out 3) Wondering how long it will take this Russian owner to take over the world 4) Trying to figure out why a referee would randomly throw a ball at a fan and 5) wondering if JJ Redick was actually becoming a decent NBA player or whether the series was so bad it has caused him to come out of comatose and contribute on an NBA team. Only the 5th one pertained to the actual game itself and not necessarily in a good way. I never thought I would say it but thank god for Kobe and the Suns. It is officially up to them to save the playoffs to the point where I can at least stomach it for the next month.
The playoffs are designed and supposed to be an all out 7 game war, similar to a 15 round boxing match with each fighter going down punch for punch until the very end. This playoffs, not so much. This year we have seen Atlanta, Cleveland and Denver give up before the were even eliminated. We've seen 4 sweeps and only 1 game 7 which included a injury filled team of nobodies (sorry Milwaukee) and the aforementioned Atlanta team that wanted little to do with playing more games than what was on their original 82 game schedule. There's too many bad teams in the league and its always the same few teams that are in the running for a title every year (which has always been the leagues problem).
So is it even too late? Can Kobe/Nash save us? Can the Finals be something worth watching? My guess is probably not. Part of what makes a championship special is the road you have to take to get it and so far, none of these teams have truly deserved to win a championship. Orlando swept their way into the Eastern Conference Finals by beating 2 teams that played as well as your local Y League team would have. The Celts are there by beating 1 team that only had 1 good player (Wade) and another team that quit/choked/embarrassed themselves in the series.
The Suns/Lakers do have a little more cred however with beating more formidable opponents such as OK City and San Antonio (teams that actually showed some fight) and if they can produce a memorable 7 game conference finals then maybe the playoffs will restored, but that's the only way. The Eastern Conference side is already unfixable, so Nash/Kobe, you better put on a show tonight that will show us that that the playoffs really are a special thing.